Virtua Tennis 4 is your standard tennis package: you can play tennis matches with some of the best players in the sport today (this mode can be played with up to four players) - or you can create your own players and put them through the World Tour mode to hone their skills (and unlock several fashion accessories).
There’s also an Arcade Mode where you compete in the four Tournaments that make up the grand slam (Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open, French Open)
And a mode that lets you swing the Wiimote like a tennis racquet in a match against the AI or another player.
If you are new to the series, there’s a Practice Mode that lets you get used to the controls. But this mode is where the flaws start to show up.
The game will not tell you which button to push for what type of shot - that information is buried in the options menu. What’s even worse is that the game will not tell you how to pull of some other shots (the drop shot and the smash come to mind).
The lessons themselves don’t do much to improve your ability to play the game; it’s either hit a bunch of balls that are served by those automated tennis ball launchers or practice your serve. And it takes a while to get the timing to the swing down.
Another fault this game has is the matches themselves - the volleys can go on for far too long. Sure, I could rush the net, but several times the AI would rip a shot past me and get the point.
And yes, the presentation of the game isn’t great - and the graphics are lacking as well (but this is the Wii we’re talking about.)
Still, I had a lot of fun playing the game, and I think if you are a tennis enthusiast, this game will provide hours of enjoyment - especially with four players playing as their favorite tennis stars. Just be ready for some long volleys in Virtua Tennis 4 RENT IT.